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Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 11:35

In theory they should be cleaned annually to remove any parasites, but I must admit that I have some that can't be reached very easily. Since not all the boxes are used every year, I don't worry about it.

bay tree

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:26

Sounds like you have an insect infestation of some kind. Spray thoroughly with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer and don't eat the leaves for six weeks afterwards.

Watering shrubs

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:24

They need to be watered, but only lightly. Keep them barely damp, never wet.

Apple trees

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 17:54

It depends entirely on their position. If it is windy and exposed and you want a straight tree, you need to stake them.

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:39

By contrast, I've never had any problem with rot in an airy garage, but I have lost them through drying out. As Geoff says, they never dry out in the ground.

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:49

Don't - dahlias can dry up and die if they get too dry.

pruning larches

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 12:51

And I third that - conifers really should be left alone. A neighbour decided to prune some of theirs, and they looked so dreadful that they got rid of them entirely a couple of years later.

Spring ideas

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 12:01

It's getting a bit late for some bulbs but you can certainly still plant daffodils and crocus, and tulips next month. Avoid snowdrops, though - they will have dried out out of the ground and probably won't grow.

How do I create extra height to my existing fence?

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 11:55

Do be careful that your fence is strong enough before trying to extend it - the extra trellis, combined with climbers, will be heavy.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 11:31

That must be a labour of love, Caz!


Jean, some of my violets are still flowering too, though not as well as yours.

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